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Record 144 guns caught at Atlanta airport security checkpoints in 2015


A record 144 guns were caught at security checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in 2015, putting Atlanta in the No. 2 spot nationwide.

Although the number of firearms found last year was the most on record for Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth International took the title for the most guns caught for the year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

A total of 153 guns were found at Dallas/Fort Worth airport security checkpoints in 2015.

Across the country, a total of 2,653 guns were discovered in carry-on bags -- an average of seven per day. The number has risen every year since 2007.

Of the firearms found, about 83 percent are loaded, according to TSA.

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.